It is a bit of a morbid concept, but having recently had a friend die unexpectedly and having to deal with the online repercussions of this event has gotten me to thinking about what should happen to my accounts when I kick the bucket.
I haven't had any great insights yet, but here are some things I think are worth thinking about:
- an entry in the FAQ telling the person's loved ones what to do with respect to the account would be extremely helpful, specifically who to contact, how to contact them, and what proof is necessary
- some form of optional date of death on the user account screen
- some way to mark the user as no longer being able to generate content and blocking any attempt to login as the user.
The danger I see in implementing such features is the possibility of someone faking another person's death and thereby locking a user out of his or her account or worrying his or her friends.